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There's always something going on at the Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery. Check out our calendar for upcoming special events. Visit the Rockfish Grill for live entertainment including the best in jazz, blues and beyond.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008

FRANKLY MOANIN



It's our monthly Jazz invitational hosted by Frankly Moanin'. Join us for the best in mainstream jazz with special surprise guests, 6 - 9 PM the first Wednesday of every month.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008

STILLY RIVER BAND


Its the bad boys of bluegrass, the Stilly River Band. If you're lookin for a combination of Bill Monroe and the Temptations, then these are your guys!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008

DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY EVERY MONDAY


Join us for Dinner and a Movie! Every Monday night stop by the Rockfish, order from our Dinner and a Movie menu and receive a ticket to the Anacortes Cinema located right across the street. Movie tickets are good for 30 days from date of issue.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

THE DUNTONS



It's Bluegrass Nite the second Wednesday of every month. This is an old fashioned invitaional type hootenanny with your hosts, The Duntons.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008

KURT CRANDALL and TRUE STORIES


From the review of Kurt Crandall's latest disc:

Searching for the sound of the blues masters before him, Kurt Crandall dismissed newfangled technology and the digital wizardry of computers and instead recorded live in the studio to analog tape. The result is a disc that is contemporary in its themes but "old school" in its sounds and attitude. In addition to 8 cleverly crafted originals, Kurt pays homage to harmonica genius Little Walter, songwriter Smiley Lewis and the first Sonny Boy Williamson. With witty lyrics that evoke Rick Estrin's songwriting and harmonica playing that is eerily close to the late, great William Clarke, Kurt Crandall has joined the current crop of young harmonica players to be reckoned with on today's blues scene.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008

KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY


Don't feel like cooking? Bring the family to the Rockfish Grill on Tuesday where kids twelve and under eat free all day (One child entree complimentary with each adult entree purchased).
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SPOONSHINE DUO



The Spoonshine Duo featuring Jacob Navarro and William Cook of the popular group, Spoonshine, perform their own brand of home grown roots music the third Wednesday of every month.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008

GRETA MATASSA


Five times voted the northwest’s “best jazz vocalist” by Earshot Jazz, Greta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today.

In demand for concert and nightclub appearances, her one-woman show, “Ella and Billie,” a musical tribute, won her critical acclaim. Her collaborations and guest appearances with Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Teatro ZinZanni, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Men’s Chorus have been innovative and successful.

Greta has released four CD’s and a live concert on DVD. She receives regular national airplay and has been compared with greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, and Nancy Wilson.

Greta Matassa has become one of the hottest tickets on the northwest jazz scene, so don't miss this show.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008

CHRIS STEVENS and the SURF MONKEYS


Join us for Chris Stevens and the Surf Monkeys, an intertaining blend of swinging blues punctuated with the occasional left field surf instrumental. The Surf Monkeys are led by veteran guitarist Chris Stevens former head of the popular King-a-lings.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

FIDALGO SWING



Join us for some great Django inspired tunes performed by local favorites Fidalgo Swing. Guitarist and host Allen Lewis will be joined each month by special guests to kick off our very own Djangofest right here at the Rockfish.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008

HOWLIN LANE and the ANGELS OF SIN

Howlin' Lane Fernando is back on the music scene with a fiery passion of epic proportions. Get ready for some up tempo, fun lovin old timey cow-poke twang. Bonus: Come on down to the Rockfish and help Howlin Lane celebrate his birthday!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008

FIRKIN FRIDAY EVERY WEEK



On Firkin Fridays, the Rockfish Grill offers cask conditioned versions of Anacortes ales. Cask conditioning is an English tradition that allows the beer to finish its fermentation in the barrel or "firkin" resulting in a character and complexity unique from any other beer. We'll offer a different variety every Friday served directly from the firkin with a traditional English hand pump. There's one batch a week and we pour till its gone, so get it while you can!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008

KIMBALL CONANT and the FUGITIVES featuring ANNIE EASTWOOD


Longtime Seattle area performer, Kimball Conant brings his band The Fugitives to the Rockfish.

Kimball is known for his vintage Gretsch electric guitar and for his distinctive finger picking style of playing. His muisc calls upon a wide range of influences including blues, R&B and even latin elements he picked up while living in Paraguay.

Kimball and the Fugitives have recently been performing with Stickshift Annie Eastwood, nomintaed by the Washington Blues Society this year for best vocalist. Annie's vocals combine blues and jazz with a unique sultry, sensitive touch that she can shape to rock the house.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008

PAUL OSCHER "ALONE WITH THE BLUES"


Paul Oscher, award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano, melodica, and bass harp), first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, 1967-1972 following in the footsteps of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Big Walter Horton. Paul Oscher was the first white musician in the world to become a full-time member of a black blues band of this stature.

Born in Brooklyn New York, Paul started playing the blues at the age of twelve when his uncle gave him a marine band harmonica and was taught the rudiments of blues harmonica by Jimmy Johnson, a southern medicine show harp player. By the time Paul was fifteen he had hooked up with guitarist/singer Little Jimmy Mae and was playing professionally in soul revues at black clubs like the Baby Grand, The 521 Cub, Seville Lounge and the Nitecap.

In the mid-l960s, Paul met Muddy Waters back stage at the Apollo Theatre and in 1967, when Muddy came to New York without a harp player, Paul sat in with the band. He played two numbers: "Baby Please Don’t Go" and "Blow Winds Blow." Muddy hired him on the spot. Working alongside blues greats like Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Sammy Lawhorn, Pee Wee Madison and S.P. Leary, Paul learned the deep Blues phrasing and timing characteristic of his music today. Paul lived on the Southside of Chicago in Muddy Waters’ house along with Otis Spann. Spann taught Paul the piano. Paul learned the guitar by looking over the shoulders of Muddy and Sammy Lawhorn.

While in Muddy’s band, Oscher toured the US and abroad and played all kinds of venues from the rough and tumble juke joints of the chitlin’ circuit to the major concert stages of the world and during that time backed up major blues artists such as John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker, Son House, Fred McDowell, Lightning Hopkins, T. Bone Walker, Albert King, Magic Sam and Big Mama Thornton. Paul recorded a number of records with Muddy Waters for the legendary Chess Records label in Chicago. These recordings and live performances would influence an entire generation of young players. Oscher remained in Muddy’s band till the end of 1971 when he left to form his own band using the name Brooklyn Slim.

In 1976, Oscher toured Europe with Louisiana Red and continued playing with his own band in the New York area as well as backing up Big Joe Turner, Doc Pomus, Victoria Spivey, Big Walter Horton and Johnny Copeland.

In the 80s, Oscher quit music—he’d gotten tired of the life and the disappointments—and got a day job. But he couldn’t stay away from the blues for long and in 1992 hooked up with piano players Dave Maxwell and Bob Gaddy and his old drummer Candy MacDonald and started playing again. His career took off and he made several recordings for Mojo Productions and Lollipop Records under the name Brooklyn Slim.

In 1994, Paul toured in the US with Jimmy Rogers and the Muddy Waters Tribute Band, and in 1995 he recorded The Deep Blues of Paul Oscher for Blues Planet records which led to a second CD with Viceroy Records, Knockin’ on the Devils’ Door and a W.C. Handy Award Nomination.

As Muddy Waters’ harp player, Paul Oscher inspired a whole generation of blues players including Rick Estrin, Jerry Portnoy, Paul Delay, and William Clark. Paul Oscher is the real deal—he learned his blues from the Masters. He plays only the real, unadulterated, down-in-the-alley, gutbucket blues. He is not a retro player; he just plays the blues the way he learned them… lowdown and lonesome and has been doing so for the last forty years.

Paul Oscher "Alone with the Blues" starts at 8PM. Cover is $8 at the door.
320 Commercial Ave. | Anacortes, Washington
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